Music Unlocked Sessions features fabulous horns and fantastic bass. The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music and iSupport Creative Business present the latest edition on 15 July 2020. It stages horn trio Temb-Horns, saxophonist Simone Van Niekerk and bassist Talent Mzukulu Mbatha. All three artists present a 20-minute set.

Bassist Talent Mzukulu Mbatha
Bassist Talent Mzukulu Mbatha

Temb-Horns is an ensemble from Thembisa that consists of three horns – Kgethi Nkotsi is on trombone, Michael Nkuna on trumpet and Simone Manana on alto sax.

Kgethi Nkotsi is a 24-year-old player from Tembisa, Johannesburg. He is currently studying at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He started playing at 16 at Moses Molelekwa Arts Foundation (MTMAF). He has played with Salim Washington, Andile Yenana, Khaya Mahlangu and Neil Gonsalves.

Michael Nkuna is the youngest member – aged 20. He started out as a self-taught musician after which he earned a trumpet section slot at UNISA Wind Band. He is studying music at the Tshwane University of Technology.
Simon Manana is a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Tembisa. He started playing professional gigs while in high school. Notable names he’s worked with include Lindi Ngonelo, Mandla Mlangeni, Johnny Mekoa and Khaya Mahlangu.

For Simone van Niekerk music is the heartbeat of her home. Her journey began with the piano, but it was bass and drums that drew her. In 2015 her formal education at UKZN began. She completed her studies in 2018 and furthers her education through many musical mentors. As part of her final exams, Simone van Niekerk hosted Simply Complexed in 2019. She managed to pull a crowd of over 650 people.

Born in Durban, but groomed in Nongoma, Talent Mzukulu Mbatha is a bassist, arranger, composer, producer, studio engineer and educator. He draws on maskandi, mbhaqanga, jazz, pop, soul and fusion. As a kid from northern KwaZulu Natal, he grew up listening to people like Mfaz’omnyama, Hhash’elimhlophe, Phuzekhemisi, Mfiliseni Magubane and Soul Brothers.

Music Unlocked Sessions submissions

Musicians can submit a video that is created especially for the concert, which is likely to be a solo performance or minimal ensemble in this period of social distance. You can also submit previously recorded videos that are not widely available on the internet, and are part of your archive.

Music Unlocked Sessions tickets. You’ll get the link before 6pm and can watch at a convenient time. Tickets R50, or more on donation.

What: Music Unlocked Sessions Temb-Horns
When: 15 July 2020